Taking a Break from Podcasts

Although recording podcasts is one of my favorite things to do, I am going to take a short break and I want to share with you the reasons for my decision.

The last couple of months have been a crazy – amazingly busy. My business is in an extreme state of growth, I have been working hard, and everything is good — my family is good, friends are good, business is good — but it has been super busy. I feel like my creative energy is at a great level. Even though things are going really well, I have noticed some adverse effects of being so busy.

To give you an idea of how crazy my schedule is, yesterday we launched a new product, had a full day of training with the Bar Raisers followed by dinner with the Bar Raisers, then a concert with my sister last night, and I still had more work to finish last night.

Today, we open a new office in Amsterdam so I have to sign some papers for that, go to the gym, and then meet with my Mastermind group until late tonight. I literally only have minutes available in my schedule today and for the remainder of the week.

…busy is good, but I prefer to be productive rather than busy. There is a difference.

Tomorrow — I can’t even remember what today is — but tomorrow I have a day of meetings, meetings, meetings, and then Saturday is another day filled with meetings.

Sunday is full, but it is fun stuff: I am working on a music project so I am going to a concert.

All of this is a sign of how great my business is doing and of all the cool things I have going on right now. You are probably thinking, hey, busy is good, but I prefer to be productive rather than busy. There is a difference. I like to be the architect of my own life, so when my calendar is full of appointment after appointment, I feel like it is time for me to take a break and re-evaluate things.

Although I have never had a schedule this full, I have also never felt so free. Everything I am doing is something that I love. However, I do believe I need to spend some time evaluating whether I want to have a schedule that is so busy or whether I want to tone it down a little.

Even though everything is going really well, something tells me I just need to slow down a little bit and spend some time reflecting so that I can think clearer and make better decisions.

When everything is moving fast, growing, and running smoothly, it is easy to just relax and go with the flow. This is also a time when you can end up making bad decisions.

I am preparing to go on a trip next week with my wife and daughter. We will be traveling for a month: first to San Diego, California for a week, then to Phoenix for a week with Joe Polish and the 25K group; next, we will travel to Mexico, and then finally to Miami, Florida the last week.

Because things are running smoothly with my business, I feel like this is a good time for me to leave for a month. I plan to do some reading, chill with my wife and daughter a lot, go to the gym, and walk on the beach — I want to walk on the beach for hours and really use that time to reflect and plan for the future.

I realize there are times when it is not possible to leave. Last year I had planned a five week trip in August to the states with my family and there were so many big challenges going on with my business that I was just really uneasy about going. I even re-booked my flight to join my wife and daughter 2 weeks later, which is something I would never consider. I remember being so stressed out when I stepped on that plane…but that is a story for another day.

My point is that right now things are going well and I am really looking forward to this trip. Of course, there are always challenges when you have your own business, but there is nothing going on now that keeps me from looking forward to getting away. I think it is going to inspire me and I will come back with great thoughts and ideas for the future.

Initially, I dedicated myself to recording a podcast every day, which I have done, and I could continue to do. I could probably crank out 50 podcasts a day full of information, tips and strategies, but, to be honest, I don’t want to be an entertainer. I want to give you the real stuff, not just record a podcast every day even if I don’t feel like it only because I said that was my goal. I want to give you the real, true, raw stuff and the only way I can do that is if I am in the right frame of mind.

As I said, my podcasts are something I love doing. I feel as if they are my greatest work. When I record in English, although sometimes I have to search for the right words, I feel like a more honest version of myself, which is very interesting. I also feel as if my podcasts relate to the right people. The people who dig my podcasts are my potential customers.

I have been doing this in Holland for 10 years, so I am used to getting thousands of comments in Dutch. Now that I am recording in English, it is really cool to get feedback in English and I count every comment.

Just to be clear, I am not quitting my podcasts, just taking a break. It is not because I am tired or burned out. I just feel like I need to focus on some other things for a short time, not long, just a few days or a few weeks. So, I wanted to let you know that if you do not see my daily podcasts, it is only a temporary break.

Although I have no idea what my next podcast topic will be, I have a feeling that taking some time off is going to allow me to come back with even more inspirational ideas to share with you. Please keep watching and listening!

I love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below or send me a Tweet @EelcoDeBoer


 

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